Kiambaa church victims forgive Ruto and Sang
18 September 2013, 12:00
Nairobi - In an unprecedented development, victims of a church whose members were killed during the aftermath of the 2007/08 election have called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop charges against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist, Joshua Sang.
The church in Kiambaa in Eldoret, was burnt down resulting in the death of 32 members.
Joseph Kairole, the victims' chairperson, called on the court to drop the charges saying that the trial would reopen closed wounds.
He feared a probe would destabilize the area, which was now peaceful.
“The two sides that were involved in the clashes in this area have since reconciled and we fear that the ongoing cases might destabilize the peaceful atmosphere in this place,” said Kairole.
The call comes a few days after four witnesses scheduled to testify against the pair withdrew from the witness list.
Despite numerous challenges arising from translation, the ICC cases continued with the first witness recounting to the court the events that transpired at the Kiambaa church.
Fears have risen over possible distortion of the witness’s narration of the Kiambaa church incidence.
Ruto and Sang are under trial for alleged crimes against humanity following the ethnic clashes.
- CAJ News